Congressional Baseball Game (From The Office of the Clerk of the House)
Despite its appeal, the annual game occurred intermittently at times due to interruptions because of the Great Depression, the Second World War, and intervention by the House leadership. For a while the game was held biennially, until the Washington Evening Star newspaper sponsored it annually from 1946 to 1958. Despite the sponsorship, Speaker Sam Rayburn of Texas ended the game in 1958. Rayburn contended that the game should be discontinued because it had become too physical.